Tuesday, July 28, 2009

*Early Modern Reception of Shakespeare on the Continent in Context*

[this and the previous via the LRS list ...]

An international seminar**

Masaryk University (Faculty of Arts), Brno, Czech Republic

12-15 November 2009

As early as 1585, professional English travelling players started performing in Europe, an activity lasting well over a century and one that turned out to be crucial for European drama. Shakespeare's plays occupied an important position in the itinerant repertory, complementing the collateral literary influences that Shakespeare's works had on early modern Europe. This crucial moment in cultural, literary and theatre history has been studied by a number of influential scholars since the middle of the 19th century, most importantly by Albert Cohn, Anna Baesecke, Ernest Brennecke, Otto G. Schindler, Adolf Scherl, Bärbel Rudin, Jerzy Limon, and M. A. Katritzky. It may also be illustrated that the influences were reverse, and moreover, that originally Continental matter was later brought back by the English travelling players and by books to the Continent.

The seminar, consisting of invited lectures as well as incoming papers, is aimed at presenting new findings as well as the current state of knowledge of the early modern continental influence of Shakespeare, the context in which these processes take place, and offering possible approaches and research opportunities in further investigation of the field – papers on the diaspora of Italian and other travelling actors and performers are welcome, as well as on literary and intellectual influences. Relating to the current research in transnational theatrical exchange (the Theater Without Borders research group, the EuroDrama research team) and early modern theatre history of Central Europe (Theatre Institute, Prague), the seminar is envisioned to stimulate further academic interest, especially in the Czech lands where the topic has not yet been sufficiently addressed.

*Invited lecturers* (confirmed to date): M.A. Katritzky, Richard Andrews, Christian Billing

*Call for papers*

The papers may address a variety of topics that corroborate a contextual perspective of the early modern European theatre, performance, literature and culture that are relevant to the reception of Shakespeare's (and other English) dramatic works. Of interest are also dramatic and literary works that were not influenced by Shakespeare but deal with the same material (story, plot elements), thus preparing a way for the reception. As the seminar will be oriented both towards the scholarly participants as well as students, contextual papers are welcomed.

*Deadline for proposals* (200 words): *31 **August** 2009*

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*Deadline for auditors' applications*: *15 October 2009*

*Seminar languages*: English, German (detailed synopses of papers in English/German will be provided)

*Seminar convenor*: Dr Pavel Drábek (drabek@phil.muni.cz)

*Accommodation*: accommodation will be arranged in a partner hotel nearby for approximately 40 EUR/night (incl. breakfast)

*Seminar fee*: 75 EUR (students 50 EUR)


The Journal of the Northern Renaissance (www.northernrenaissance.org) invites submissions for our second issue on the theme of memory and the Northern Renaissance.

Under the term 'Renaissance', the early modern period has often been described in terms of a process of recovery, rebirth and remembrance – words which invoke their shadowy counterparts, loss, death and forgetting. The preoccupation with the past runs right through the culture, from notions of nationhood to ideas about the body and the self, from antiquarianism to translation as a means of recovering and storing information. We would welcome submissions thinking through the uses and abuses of memory in and of the period, and as ever would be especially interested in articles exploring the temporal and geographical boundaries of the Renaissance in the North. Themes may include such matters as:

/Acts and Monuments, age, amnesia, anecdote, antiquarianism, archives, autobiography, beginnings, childhood, chronicle, classics, collective memory, cultural memory, commemoration, death, decay, depository, discovery, dreams, editing, education, epitaphs, etymology, evidence, example, forgetfulness, forgiveness, foundations, generations, ghosts, glossary, historiography, imagination, inscription, labour, lament, law, learning, Lethe, library, loss, madness, manuscript, martyrdom, melancholy, memoir, monuments, myth, nostalgia, oblivion, obscurity, origins, pardons, past performance, popular memory, posterity, precedent, preservation, publication, rebellion, record, recollection, recovery, reformation, rehearsal, relics, remembrance, repetition, repository, roots, salvation, scripture, speeches, storehouse, texts, time, traces, translation, travel, vision and youth./

Submissions should be sent to the journal by *1st September 2009*. Potential contributors are advised to consult the submissions page of our website for details of the submissions procedure and style guidelines.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Controversy, Protest, Ridicule, Laughter, 1500-1750

The University of Reading Early Modern Studies Conference 9-11 July 2010

Call for Papers

This three-day conference at the University of Reading aims to draw together scholars from a variety of disciplines working on areas related to the themes of controversy, protest, ridicule, and laughter in the early modern period.

Controversy, protest, ridicule and laughter are means to register more than disagreement: they convey contemptuous opposition to an opponent. How can the study of their uses advance our understanding of the nature and development of public debate in the early modern period?

How were new media (theatres, newsbooks, periodicals) and traditional forms (sermons, proclamations, disputations) used by the two (or more) sides in early modern controversies? What were the connections between 'low' literary forms (pamphlets, ballads, satires, libels), and the learned seriocomic tradition of, for example, Erasmus's Praise of Folly?
What were the sites of protest: Parliament; stage; university; alehouse; Inns of Court - and what connections, if any, existed between these spaces?

What role did ridicule have in religious and political controversy, from Martin Marprelate to John Milton's anti-prelatical writings? How were the conventions for mocking one's opponent refracted by variables of class and gender?

Laughter might be a marker of intellectual achievement (distinguishing the human from the animal), or it might be condemned as a sign of brutality. If laugher was both elevating and debasing, what strategies were used by writers of satire, comedy and polemic to control its connotations? How can we write a history of laughter? How useful is more recent psychological and philosophical work on laughter - by Freud or Henri Bergson, for example - for work on early modern culture?

Possible topics include:

Humanism, learning, wit, and laughter; gender and class; classical ideas of laughter and ridicule; disputation and debate in education; ridicule, stereotyping and national identity; European models of controversy and ridicule; popular radicalism and the public sphere; conduct manuals and the etiquettes of laughter; the Putney Debates; clowns and jesters; new media and popular radicalism; the Spanish Match; burlesque, parody, scatology and obscenity; Jonson's comedy of humours and satirical comedy; popular print (pamphlets, ballads) and 'low' literary forms; urban and rural forms of controversy; Rabelais and discourses of the body; legal controversy: sedition, libel, slander; the Marprelate Tracts; jokes and jests on the stage and page; Milton's Defensio pro populo Anglicano; the Oath of Allegiance controversy; mimicry and impersonation; Civil War religious radicalism; the carnivalesque; Jacobitism; traditions of complaint, satire and invective; the decorum of ridicule, controversy, and ideas of ethical restraint; the 'Glorious Revolution' and 'godly revolution'.

We invite papers that consider any or all of this year's themes. Proposals (max. 300 words) for 30 minute papers and a brief CV should be sent via email attachment by 4 December 2009 to: Dr. Chloë Houston, School of English and American Literature, University of Reading, c.houston@reading.ac.uk

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference, 16-18th July 2010

The 4th National Conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies will be held in the historic city of York on 16-18 July 2010. The conference will follow immediately after the 2010 International Medieval Congress in Leeds and will coincide with the final weekend of the York Early Music Festival--which will feature The Sixteen performing the music of Tallis and others in the York Minster, a major new performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, and a partial performance of the York Mystery Plays in the streets of the city. Participants will be offered tickets for all of these events along with tours of the city and outings to historic sites. The conference will also feature workshops on publishing and research funding (including a presentation by Shearer West, Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Confirmed plenary speakers include Iain Fenlon (Cambridge) and Penelope Gouk (Manchester).

We now invite proposals for panels (max. 90 minutes) on any aspect of Renaissance history, art, literature or culture, and for individual papers (max. 25 minutes) on one of the following themes:
* Rethinking the Medieval/Renaissance Divide
* At the Boundaries of Science
* Soundscapes and Landscapes, Environments and Ecologies
* Possessions and Collections
* Between Spirituality and Materiality
* Cultural Encounters

Proposals (max. 400 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates. They should be sent by Friday 25 September 2009 to the conference organiser:

Professor William Sherman
Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies
University of York
Heslington YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
E-mail: ws505@york.ac.uk

For further details, please visit the Society for Renaissance Studies website at www.rensoc.org.uk

Monday, July 20, 2009


There are only a few places left for the Gascoigne Seminar on Friday 18th September at Lincoln College, Oxford.

There are three places for postgraduates, with the conference fee generously funded by the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS), so if you are a postgraduate and would like to attend please email Gillian Austen off-list (gillian.austen@lincoln.oxon.org). For everyone else, the fee is £35, or £30 for members of the SRS, which just covers costs, but includes a good lunch, teas and coffees throughout the day and the private viewing at the Bodleian. Please email Gillian as soon as possible to book your place as spaces are extremely limited.

The speakers are Susan C Staub, Rob Maslen, Elizabeth Heale, Jayne Archer, Syrithe Pugh, David Trim, Andy Kesson and John Burton. Other participants, some of whom will be session chairs, include Roger Pooley, Cathy Shrank, Elizabeth Goldring, Katharine Wilson, Mike Pincombe and Arthur Kinney.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Music, Literature, Illustration: Collaboration and networks in English manuscript culture, c1500 – c1700

A postgraduate and post-doctoral conference
Chawton House Library, 16-17 February 2010

Keynote speaker: Dr Peter Beal FBA,
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London and
former Director and English Manuscript Expert at Sotheby's.

This two-day conference will bring together postgraduate and early career researchers working on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscript sources. Many of the sources from this period are multi-authored and contain strikingly disparate materials, posing a serious challenge to scholars working within traditionally defined disciplinary boundaries.

The primary aim of the conference is to address this challenge: to provide an opportunity for genuine interdisciplinary discussion, and to create new networks between researchers which will enable them to share both theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to working with early modern manuscript materials.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers that address any aspect of the conference theme but, in particular, those focused in the following areas:

Studies of individual manuscripts that contain a range of diverse materials

Manuscripts as emblems of social bonds (e.g. family, friendship, or patronage-based

Manuscripts as spaces for private reflection

Manuscripts as objects for public display

Manuscripts as commodities in a gift economy

The relationships between manuscript and print culture

The role of new technologies in manuscript studies:

Project reports and/or practical demonstrations of existing electronic resources
Conceptual and theoretical models – how can emerging technologies shape the future of manuscript studies?
Representing non-textual material in electronic editions

300 word abstracts for proposed papers should be sent by email to both conference organisers by October 16th 2009:

Michael Gale: mdg@soton.ac.uk

Louise Rayment: L.Rayment@soton.ac.uk

Please include contact details and indicate your institutional affiliation and professional status (i.e. doctoral candidate, post-doctoral researcher etc.) in your submission.

New art history blog

Announcing a new art history blog dealing with the early modern era.
Please encourage your students and fellow faculty members to visit, as
it is intended as a learning/teaching tool. The address is:



The Bibliographical Society of America each year invites three scholars
in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on
their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as
members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes
place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks
to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of
bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with
the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception,
transmission, and subsequent history of texts as material objects (print
or manuscript). Papers of New Scholars are published in the December
issue of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America as part of
the proceedings of the annual meeting.

Junior (i.e., untenured) faculty and graduate students at the
dissertation level are eligible, as are professional librarians, members
of the book trade, and book collectors who are at the beginning of their
careers. Candidates should submit a letter of application, an abstract
of not more than 250 words, and a curriculum vitae. Graduate students
should also submit a letter of recommendation from their dissertation
director. For submissions to be considered for the following January,
materials should be received by July 31. Please address and send
applications (preferably via email) to:

New Scholars Program
Bibliographical Society of America
P.O. Box 1537
Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021
email: bsa@bibsocamer.org

New Scholars selected for the panel receive a subvention of $600 toward
the cost of attendance at the annual meeting and a complimentary
one-year membership in the Bibliographical Society of America. For
further information on the Society, see http://www.bibsocamer.org.
Inquiries regarding the program may be directed to John Buchtel at

Monday, July 13, 2009

Forum III: Sex and the Early Modern Woman


/Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal/ (/EMWJ/) invites submissions to an interdisciplinary Forum on */Sex and the Early Modern Woman/*, slated for publication in Volume V (2010). We encourage= contributors to the forum to explore the intersection of sex and early modern women and girls from different socioeconomic levels and from regions across the globe. How did Early Modern women view their own sexuality and that of others? How did moralists view women=92s sexuality? How did women resist and subvert the dominant ideology of sexuality? Which spaces were associated with sex? What can we learn about the sexualities of wives, nuns, single women, adulteresses, witches, virgins, prostitutes, and lesbians?

We invite submissions of about 1200 words that address these issues, and especially welcome innovative approaches. Analyses in all disciplines are welcome, but those that cross disciplines and national borders are especially welcome.

The deadline for forum submissions is *September 22, 2009.*

*Early Modern is defined as the period 1400-1700.

*Please visit=20
http://www.emwjournal.umd.edu/Forum%20Volume%205-%20Sex.pdf for the full text of the Call for Submissions prompt. Any inquiries about the forum posted below may be sent to emwjournal@umd.edu.*

Saturday, July 11, 2009

PhD Studentship: Religion, Politics and Print Culture in England, 1660-1725

University of Worcester, Early Modern Research Group
Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts

Applications are invited for a fully-funded, full-time, three year studentship to undertake research examining political, religious and social developments in England from 1660 to 1725 and the extent to which print material both reflected and promoted such change.

The student will carry out a research project that will lead to the award of a higher research degree (MPhil/PhD) and will be expected to conceptualise and research an individual study under the direction of Dr. Paddy McNally and Dr. Andreas Mueller.

Detailed information about the Early Modern Research Group and the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts can be found at: http://www.worc.ac.uk/departments/663.html.

Applicants must have a good first degree (upper second or first class) in History or History and English Literature and should normally possess or be near to completing an MA qualification.

The successful applicant will receive a tax free bursary of £12,300 per annum plus an expenses budget. Fees will be paid in full at the UK/EU rate for home and EU citizens. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will need to fund the balance of fees for Overseas Research Students.

For further details and an application form visit: http://www.worc.ac.uk/research/studentships.

For an informal discussion about the studentship please contact Dr. Paddy McNally on +44 1905 855285 or by email at p.mcnally@worc.ac.uk.

For questions regarding the application process contact Mrs Helen Tabinor, Graduate Research School Manager (tel: 01905 855012, email: research@worc.ac.uk).

Closing date for applications is 27 August 2009.

Candidates will be invited for interview on 7th September 2009.

Early Modern Dis/Locations

An Interdisciplinary Conference, Northumbria University, 15-16 January 2010

On 15-16 January 2010, Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK) will host an interdisciplinary conference on Early Modern Dis/Locations.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers include:
Tim Cresswell (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)
Bernhard Klein (University of Kent)
Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)
The organisers invite scholars and students working in literary and cultural studies, history, geography, philosophy, and related disciplines to submit 200 word abstracts for 20-25 minute papers relating to any of the following themes and questions by July 31st 2009 (please note this is an extended deadline). Contributors are free to interpret and address these as broadly as they deem appropriate:
What were the significant locations for and of early modern cultures, and why? How might we re-think and problematise constructions of court, city (or particular cities, real and imagined), 'suburbs', 'country', the 'nation', the 'home', 'private', 'public', the marketplace, the streets, 'landscape', colonies and plantations?
To what extent were locations conceived and constructed as gendered, rank-specific, desirable, or disgusting?
How were all such locations experienced (and by whom), and represented in literature, art, and philosophy?
In what ways did locations condition, inhibit, or compel political agency and cultural production and consumption?
How were locations demarcated, policed, transgressed and jeopardised in the period?
How was dislocation caused, theorized and represented in the period? What were the realities and representations of placelessness, homelessness, and dispossession? Where, how and why did 'mobilities' occur, and in what forms?
How have early modern cultural products and locations - like The Globe -been relocated into and appropriated by later historical and cultural positions?
How can modern theories of 'space', 'place', and 'placelessness' develop our understanding of early modern locations and dislocations?
Please submit 200 word abstracts for 20-25 minute papers by email to Dr Adam Hansen (adam.hansen@northumbria.ac.uk) by July 31st 2009. Please note this is an extended deadline.
If you have any questions please contact Dr Hansen by email or at this address:
Division of English and Creative Writing
126, Lipman Building
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 8ST Tel: 0191 243 7193


There are only a few places left for the Gascoigne Seminar on Friday 18th September at Lincoln College, Oxford.

These include three places reserved for postgraduates, with the conference fee generously funded by the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS), so if you are a postgraduate and would like to come please email Gillian Austen off-list (g.austen@bristol.ac.uk). For everyone else, the fee is £35, or £30 for members of the SRS, which just covers costs, but includes a good lunch, teas and coffees throughout the day and the private viewing at the Bodleian. Please email Gillian as soon as possible to book your place as spaces are extremely limited.

The speakers are Susan C Staub, Rob Maslen, Elizabeth Heale, Jayne Archer, Syrithe Pugh, David Trim, Andy Kesson and John Burton. Other participants, some of whom will be session chairs, include Arthur Kinney, Roger Pooley, Cathy Shrank, Elizabeth Goldring, Katharine Wilson, and Mike Pincombe.


9.30 - 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.15 Introduction and Welcome by Dr Gillian Austen (University of Bristol)


10.15 - 10.45 Dr Jayne Archer (University of Wales at Aberystwyth):
"'A notable kinde of rime': Gascoigne's Certayne Notes of Instruction and Theories of Metrical Composition in Elizabethan England"

10.45 - 11.15 John Burton (University of Wales at Lampeter):
"'Sorted', 'Wrote', 'Compiled'; Gascoigne as Father of the Sonnet Sequence"

11.15-11.45 COFFEE BREAK


11.45 - 12.15 Dr Syrithe Pugh (University of Aberdeen):
"Gascoigne's Ovidian Masks"

12.15 - 12.45 Dr Elizabeth Heale (University of Reading):
"Spenser and Gascoigne"

12.45 - 1.30 BUFFET LUNCH

From 1.30pm-2.15pm there is a private viewing at the Bodleian Library of selected Elizabethan editions of Gascoigne's work, including Gabriel Harvey's copy of the Posies(1575).



2.15 - 2.45 Andy Kesson (University of Kent):
"Palaces, adventures and anatomies: Gascoigne, Lyly and print story-telling in the 1570s"

2.45 - 3.15 Prof Susan C Staub (Appalachian State University):
"'Pretty conceits as pleased her peevish fantasy': the 'Manling'
Secretary in The Adventures of Master F.J."

3.15 - 3.45 TEA BREAK


3.45 - 4.15 Dr Robert Maslen (University of Glasgow):
"Gascoigne, Piccolomini, and the Demilitarisation of the Siege of Troy"

4.15 - 4.45 Dr David Trim (Newbold College):
"Gascoigne the soldier: reality and rhetoric"

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